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Understanding the Real Risks of Mixing Drugs and Alcohol

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An addiction to substances alone is already challenging enough for someone to go through. However, if you mix the use of substances and alcohol at the same time, you severely increase your risk of harming your health. 

It is imperative that you never mix drugs and alcohol. When mixed with alcohol, certain substances like opioids can cause drastic effects. If you are struggling with an addiction, it’s important to seek treatment from professionals to help lower your health risks of overdose and other complications. 

The Very Real Danger of Mixing Drugs and Alcohol

Many people are tuned out to the dangers of mixing drugs and alcohol because they have grown deaf to the constant lessons and warnings you hear growing up. However, there is a very real danger involved with mixing drugs and alcohol that we all need to take seriously.

Opioid substances, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, act as central nervous system depressants. Alcohol also acts as a central nervous system depressant. Mixing the two together can magnify their effects and lead to serious complications, including:

  • Overdose
  • Respiratory damage
  • Brain damage
  • Coma
  • Death

Respiratory depression is one of the most dangerous side effects associated with mixing drugs and alcohol. It is usually what causes the other serious complications. As the breathing slows or stops, the brain and other organs starve for oxygen, which can cause them to start shutting down. 

Learn the Signs of an Overdose

If you suspect someone you care about is using substances and mixing them with alcohol, it is important to try to help them seek treatment and to know the symptoms of an overdose. It is possible to reverse the effects of an overdose if you are able to act quickly.

The signs of an overdose on drugs and alcohol may include:

  • Clammy, cold skin
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Ragged breathing
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unconsciousness
  • Seizures
  • Weak pulse

Start the Recovery Journey at Tulip Hill Recovery

Do you or someone you know struggle with alcohol or substance addiction? Overcoming an addiction on your own can be quite an uphill battle, but with professional help, freedom from addiction is possible. 

At Tulip Hill Recovery, our treatment model emphasizes the dual diagnosis approach, which means we treat addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders that might be fueling the addiction. This helps a person in recovery become better equipped for dealing with the challenges of mental health disorders without feeling like they need substances or alcohol to cope.

Are you ready to talk to someone about treatment for addiction for you or someone you love? Please contact us online or call us at 877-845-8192 to get in touch with our team and help start the recovery journey.

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